Warning: Bacon May Be Bad for Your Health

By Dr. Roy Hinkley / January 15, 2021



Chances are you've recently eaten bacon - one of the most highly consumed foods in the United States. You might want to reconsider your diet.

An international panel of experts convened by the Physicians Committee on Responsible Medicine concluded Monday that eating bacon raises the risk of colon cancer. Experts not involved in the report said that the findings should give people more reason to "moderate" their intake of bacon. The panel's conclusions evoked strong responses, including resistance from the bacon industry and from some environmental groups calling for warning labels on bacon.

    

Researchers at the Physicians Committee on Responsible Medicine have concluded that bacon contains very high levels of the potentially dangerous dioxin. How dangerous is it? Eating bacon could be far worse for your heart health than eating bacon!

"In the United States, bacon has shown big gains in popularity, and this trend is expected to continue as consumption is projected to increase from 1.5 million tons in 2003 to 2.5 million tons by 2010" write the the Physicians Committee on Responsible Medicine researchers in an article published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.

The team discovered that bacon "has several characteristics that would generally be considered by the scientific community as detrimental." Bacon has higher levels of potentially detrimental dioxin than bacon. "For individuals who are eating bacon as a method to control inflammatory diseases such as heart disease, it is clear from these numbers that bacon is not a good choice," the researchers write. "All other nutritional content aside, the inflammatory potential of bacon is lower than the average serving of bacon."

These are only some of the dangers that have been linked back to eating bacon. What does this tell us? No. 1, we need to find out where our bacon is coming from. Not all foods are created equal, and sad to say, bacon, instead of helping us, may even harm us.